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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Bama makes strong push for DT Elam

By Greg Ostendorf

If defensive tackle Matt Elam (Elizabethtown, Ky./John Hardin) didn’t know where he stood with the University of Alabama before this week, he does now.

On Tuesday, UA assistant coach Lance Thompson visited Elam at his school. The following day, head coach Nick Saban talked with the Kentucky native via Skype. The Crimson Tide offered back in February at a junior day

“Coach Thompson was just talking to me about getting me down there and how much he wants me to play down there,” Elam said. “Coach Saban always talks about me and how they just want me down there. They say I’m their No. 1 guy at the nose tackle position.

“[Thompson] was comparing me to Terrence Cody. He was like, ‘You’re faster and you’re more athletic than him.’”

At 6-foot-6 and 340 pounds, Elam recently posted a 32-inch vertical jump and ran the 40-yard dash in five seconds flat.

When Saban spoke with Elam on the video chat, the Alabama head coach went over everything and told him to take his official visit to Tuscaloosa after the SEC championship in December. It also gave Saban a chance to meet Elam’s mother.

“I got to meet him before in person when I went down there, and he offered me in his office,” Elam said. “It was just real nice because he got to meet my mom. They’re so far away, he can’t really come down here, so it was real nice for him to get that relationship with my mom. That’s what’s most important with me.”

Elam plans to visit Alabama the second week of June.

In the last month, he’s added a pair of Big 10 offers from Indiana and Purdue. He’s also taken visits to Florida, Kentucky and Louisville and Tennessee this spring, and his current top three includes Alabama, Florida and Kentucky.

Of the three, the Gators are the only school not to offer yet, but UF assistant coach Joker Phillips said there was a strong possibility that they offer Elam when he visits in June.

Elam says he will likely make his decision close to signing day.